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How is language used to create atmosphere in The Red Room and The Signalman

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How is language used to create atmosphere in The Red Room and The Signalman? In this essay I will be comparing two stories The Signalman and The Red Room, I will be looking at the language techniques and how they are used throughout the stories. All language techniques are used for a reason and in this case it is used to create atmosphere and also keep the readers attention. The stories are both Victorian and remembered for their supernatural content as well as the actual story. The Signalman and The Red Room are both Victorian stories. The Signalman first appeared in 1866 in a Christmas magazine. Since then the story has become very popular, this was because the Victorians enjoyed supernatural stories. They liked reading ghost stories and stories in which there were mysteries to be solved. The story itself had a very modern setting for its time, and it being at a railway station was different because in those times it had just become popular. Charles Dickens saw trains as dangerous and destructive, which is why in another story, 'Dombey and Son', a train killed a character in it. He may have seen them as dangerous because in 1865 he was in a train crash but luckily survived. Archaisms are used throughout both stories. Archaisms are works which are old and not used today. ...read more.

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The phrase at the end of the story used by the train driver is similar to what is said on the first line of the story. This will get people thinking what it could mean and also why it was repeated. It could have been a coincident that they both use the same words to communicate with the signalman, as it was hard to communicate with him. Adjectives are used throughout both stories. The more the author describes something the better the picture created thus the more excitement. Which means you get a good idea about something so you can predict what may happen. In The Signalman a descriptive phrase with adjectives is: 'I placed my foot on the first notch of the zigzag next night, as the distant clocks were striking eleven'. This sentence is very detailed as you know exactly what he does, we can tell from the phrase precisely what he does. The adjectives in this sentence are 'distant' and 'striking' we know this because they are words which describe what is happening. The effect of theses words is that it gives the reader a clearer picture of what is happening and it also adds to the imagery. There are many adjectives in The Red Room. It gets very descriptive when the narrator is inside the red room as there is so much to talk about and a lot of things to describe. ...read more.

Conclusion

In The Signalman I would have liked to have seen an apparition as it was known to have been around but not actually witnessed. The vocabulary in both stories is very different to what I am used to, this may be because I usually read newspapers rather than stories. The language techniques were effective as the helped build up and create tension. All the language techniques helped give the reader a better picture so they know what things looked like. The use of adjectives is very important as they describe the subject so we know what it looks like. Similies were also useful we get a clearer picture of what things looked like. The language techniques were very effective in both stories. The use of each of them was good as it helped give the reader a better picture of the subject. Adjectives are helpful as they give a good insight into what something looks like. Tension was successfully created in the red room as it used repetition. It really helped as it made the reader want to know what was going to happen, as it was repeated so many times. In the signalman tension and suspense was created with the use of adjectives. Objects are the railway station were given great detail so the reader can get a good picture of what things looked like. ...read more.

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